Edith Guffey has been the Conference Minister of the Kansas-Oklahoma Conference since February 2013.
Edith has always called the Kansas-Oklahoma Conference home as she first learned about the UCC while living in Lawrence, KS as a member of Plymouth UCC working at the University of Kansas. Edith left Lawrence and moved to Cleveland to serve on the national staff as the Secretary of the United Church of Christ in 1991. Following the restructuring of the national setting, Edith became the Associate General Minister. In that role, she was the Chief Operating Officer of the denomination and the Administrator of the General Synod.
When her term ended in October of 2011, Edith served as Acting Associate Conference in the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference for a year. Edith says that she feels as if she has come full circle with her church membership back at Plymouth Church in Lawrence and serving as an Authorized Minister in Kansas-Oklahoma.
Edith enjoys live theatre, movies, reading, and cruising. She is married to Jerry and they have two adult children, (both born in Kansas) Bryan 33 who lives in Columbus, Ohio and Michael 26 who lives in Los Angeles, CA. In case you wondered, Edith and Jerry are KU fans. Rock Chalk Jayhawks!
Administrative Support for Committee on Ministry
Lonnie Snyder serves as the administrative support for the work of the Committee on Ministry. In this role Lonnie keeps track of current information of all authorized ministers and members in discernment, tracking when authorized ministers transfer in and out of the conference, retire or move from serving one congregation to another within the conference. Lonnie’s work keeps the national UCC Data Hub current with KO information and keeps the KO directories current. Lonnie is a member of Fellowship UCC in Tulsa.
Oklahoma Disaster Coordinator
Beth Whipkey became the Oklahoma Disaster Coordinator for the KO Conference in 2014. She is also employed by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services as a crisis counselor. Beth is a member of Open Table UCC in Owasso, OK. Beth will be our person on the ground in Oklahoma to keep all of us updated with current information if a disaster of any kind strikes in Oklahoma.
Minister for Racial Justice Initiatives
Rev. Nancy Eggen became the Minister for Racial Justice Initiatives in January of 2016. After twelve years serving as the Campus Minister and Executive Director of United Campus Ministry at the University of Tulsa, she retired to spend more time with her husband and daughter. She looks forward to working with congregations and ministries in the Kansas-Oklahoma Conference who wish to facilitate their own Sacred Conversations on Race. She is a member of Fellowship Congregational Church in Tulsa.
Minister for Spiritual Life
Rev. Heather Coates became the Minister for Spiritual Life for the KO Conference in January 2016. She also serves as pastor at St. John’s UCC in Baldwin, KS, an awesome little church in the countryside of NE Kansas. Her interest in spirituality and living out the seasons of the liturgical calendar brought her to this position. Please contact her for any ideas for spiritual offerings in your church or the Conference.